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Bachelor of Science

Approved Abbreviation: BSc


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3754.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 041144M


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2020 or later.

For Commencement Year 2016 to 2019 - please refer to: 3675.4 Bachelor of Science

For Commencement Year 2017 to 2019 - please refer to: 3589.8 Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science)

For Commencement Year 2012 to 2019 - please refer to: 3670.1 Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science)

For Commencement Year 2016 to 2019 - please refer to: 3671.2 Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental Management)

For Commencement Year 2012 to 2019 - please refer to: 3672.1 Bachelor of Natural Science (Environment and Health)

For Commencement Year 2016 to 2019 - please refer to: 3676.4 Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

For Commencement Year 2014 to 2019 - please refer to: 3677.2 Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)

For Commencement Year 2015 to 2019 - please refer to: 3678.2 Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Sciences)

For Commencement Year 2015 to 2019 - please refer to: 3679.3 Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Science)

For Commencement Year 2016 to 2019 - please refer to: 3680.3 Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

For Commencement Year 2014 to 2019 - please refer to: 3681.2 Bachelor of Science (Zoology)

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Science asks questions about how the natural world works and the impact of humans at its interface. It does so in a systematic, yet rigorously creative way based on inquiry and evidence. A Bachelor of Science will prepare you to take part in this process of inquiry, by both contributing to it and by using scientific knowledge to solve current problems in broad settings. Students will learn core concepts and skills investigating the natural world, proposing and testing ideas by experimentation and observation; quantifying and modelling processes; communicating findings, thinking independently and critically. Students can enrol in this degree and select from a range of scientific disciplines with the option of expanding learning into other areas outside of science.

Students need to note that different majors are offered on different campuses, and not all majors will be offered at every campus.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or Six years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course Advicescience@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Campbelltown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusFull TimeExternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusPart TimeExternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

Assumed Knowledge: Students should have at least two unit English, and two unit science (any science) and two unit mathematics at year 12 equivalent.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office. International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the completion of 240 credit points which includes eight core units plus eight units taken as a Science specialisation plus eight elective units.

All students must complete 60 credit points at level 3 or above. Depending on the specialisation selected, students may need to select at least 10 credit points of elective study at Level 3 to meet this requirement.

Please note that the full three year structure is shown on each of the Major Testamur handbook pages via the links below.

Core Units

All students are required to complete the following three units:

300811Scientific Literacy
300808Introductory Chemistry
300802Biodiversity

Students are allocated a core unit from the following areas depending on the specialisation chosen. Students should consult the sequence of units identified for each specialisation.

Foundation

Choose one of

300816Cell Biology
300803Essential Chemistry 2

Mathematics

Choose one of

300831Quantitative Thinking
300672Mathematics 1A
200263Biometry

Analytical Science

Choose one of

300580Programming Fundamentals
300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300932Natural Science Research Methods
300832Analytical Chemistry

Work Integrated Learning

Choose one of

301259Work Internship for Science Professionals
301261Complex Case Studies in Science

Capstone

Choose one of

300883Laboratory Quality Management
300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change
200022Mathematical Modelling
301110Applications of Big Data
300913Field Project 1
300922Quality Assurance and Food Analysis

Specialisations

Students are required to complete eight specialisation core units from one of the following testamur majors. Students may only select one testamur major:

Please note that the full three year structure is shown on each of the Major Testamur handbook pages via the links below.

MT3014Zoology
MT3015Animal Science
MT3016Biology
MT3017Ecology
MT3018Environmental Futures
MT3019Microbiology
MT3021Nutrition and Food Science
MT3022Forensic Science

see note below

MT3024Forensic Biology
MT3023Forensic Chemistry
MT3025Mathematics
MT3032Data Science
MT3026Applied Physics
MT3027Chemistry
MT3031Environmental Health

Note: MT3031 Environmental Health: This specialisation is currently unavailable. Please contact Associate Professor Gary Dennis g.dennis@westernsydney.edu.au for information on when it will open for new enrolments.

Electives

Students may use their elective units to complete a major from the same or another discipline area (80 credit points), or up to 80 credit points from the wide range of units offered by Western Sydney University.

All students must complete 60 credit points at level 3 or above. Depending on the specialisation selected, students may need to select at least 10 credit points of elective study at Level 3 to meet this requirement.

Note:

Students selecting MT3022 Forensic Science must use their elective units to complete M3120.1 Crime Scene Investigation to meet industry requirements.

M3120Crime Scene Investigation


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